How to Choose a Countertop Edge Profile
Kitchen countertops are like a cherry on top of a sundae. The right countertop material can draw more attention than cabinets or your kitchen appliances. After choosing the slab for your countertop, it’s time to choose the kind of edge you want for it. Stone edges are a design element that you choose prior to fabrication. The edge that you choose can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your kitchen and countertops. There are so many choices to choose from depending on the shape, it will affect cost, function, and cleanliness.
- The Easy edge is most commonly used on backsplashes but can also be used on countertops to give it a clean look.
- The Demi- Bullnose, this is not the half bullnose. This edge is very smooth, flowing and shows a larger cross section of the countertop making it appear thicker.
- The half bullnose edge can also be called the round-over because instead of being squared off, it is rounded over.
- The full bullnose has the most contemporary look of all the granite countertop edges. A side view of full bullnose shows the shape of a half circle.
- Bevels are 45-degree cuts into the edge of the stone. The deeper the cut, the wider the bevel face is.
- From the side, an ogee edge forms the shape of an "S". This is often the most elaborate edge offered by granite fabricators.
- Also known as the "Bird's Beak", the Dupont edge looks like a demi bullnose with a notch at the top. It may tend to chip depending on the stone. More elaborate profiles can be made with special router bits like this Triple Waterfall.
- 3/8 round edge is very common if you want to have a rounded look, also a lot of people already have this on their countertops and may be used to this edge.